Children's Department News - August 2016



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Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00   

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

Location:  Children’s Activity Room.  No Registration.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

***No story times during the week of August 7th.  (Librarians’ break)***

Lap Sit Program

Our Lap Sit program  for babies, toddlers, parents, and care-givers is at 10:30 and 11:15 on Monday mornings.  Learn songs and finger plays, listen to stories, and make new friends.  

Monday, August 1:  Miss Camille will lead the group.

Monday, August 8th & 15th:  No leader.  The room will be open from 10:30 to noon for an informal play group.

Monday, August 22nd & 29th:  Miss Amanda will be back!


Summer Reading Club

Thank you for participating in our 2016 Summer Reading Club and attending our many programs.  We had lots of fun, and we hope your families did, too.

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Important Reminder:

Children may collect reading club prizes until Saturday, August 13th.


***August Events for Children***



Lego Club

Saturday, August 13th:  1 to 2:30 p.m.

Walnut & Elm Rooms

Lego Club is open to children of all ages.  Come and build with the library’s Lego collectionAfter the program, children may display their creations in display cases in the library.  Children who are age 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.




Family Fun Day @ the Library & Morton Center

Sunday, August 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

Minnetrista’s Jill’s Giant Adventure, One Size Fits All, magician, giant bubbles, chalk art, crafts, snacks, demonstrations at Morton Center, face painting, & a free book for every child who attends this event!

Check the web site a week before the event for more information.

Free; No registration



The staff of the children’s department would like to thank all the people, organizations, and businesses who helped make our summer a success:  Bess Witcosky, Kim Fields, LaVerne Mikhail, Joselyn Cooks, Nick Schenkel, Kathy Trout, Beth Will, the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, Applebee’s, Arni’s, Arrowhead Bowl, Cold Stone Creamery, Hot Box Pizza,  Insomnia Cookies, Malone’s Gymnastics, Miracles Fitness, Penguin Random House Publishing Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Subway,  West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, and all the teen volunteers who registered children and gave them prizes in the children’s department. 


  We would not be able to have such high quality programs without their help.






Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.



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